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Book Title: When She Hollers|
The author of the book: Cynthia Voigt
Edition: Scholastic Paperbacks
Date of issue: March 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780590467155
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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This novel covers one day in the life of a girl who is being sexually abused by her adoptive father. Voigt shows well the manipulation, the mother who refuses to see what is happening, and the teacher who refuses to let Tish tell. She shows the jumbled thoughts of the victim, the way the victim uses all the manipulative things the abuser says to believe she is worthless. She shows the disassociation that happens.
The problem I have with this book is that is doesn't go far enough. The book was published in 1994, but we are not given a time setting in the book. The students use slang from the 70s, but I am unsure if that is when the story takes place or if Voigt got the slang wrong for 1994, which is important for how sexual abuse is treated. If the story is set in the 70s, telling isn't going to change a lot, but if the story is set in the 90s, telling will make a difference for her.
Voigt doesn't really wrap up the story - it just ends without the reader knowing if Tish is going to be safe or not. I think this book brings up a lot of important things, but one thing it doesn't say is that if you are abused and the first person you tell doesn't believe you, keep telling. Find the strength to keep telling. It is the only way to stop the abuse and to stop the abuser from hurting someone else. Yes, it is hard and takes superhuman courage, but it is possible.
I hated Tish's whimpy mother. (view spoiler)[ I wanted to smack her. She knows but chooses to look away. I hated Tish's teacher - the "la, la, la, my fingers are in my ears, so I can't hear you." Note that is not a quote from the book, but that is just about how the teacher reacted. (hide spoiler)] Stupid, stupid women.
This book contains some pretty dark themes along with the F word that I feel is used appropriately in this case even though this book is for teens. This book talks a lot about suicide. I don't know if this book would help or hurt a child who needs to tell. Would it make them afraid to tell because no one will listen, or will it empower them to tell? This book made me cry; it is raw, very raw and emotionally powerful. I debated giving it three stars, but it ends too abruptly. I wanted to see her win. I wanted to see her abuser go to prison or die, but telling is hard and what comes after is hard, but it is the first step toward freedom - freedom from abuse and terror and hate.
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Read information about the authorCynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.
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